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NHL.com Picks Mid-tourney Awards

Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 9:00 PM / News
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NHL.com Picks Mid-tourney Awards
Phil Kessel is the front-runner for tournament MVP, according to votes cast by the four members of NHL.com\'s Olympic coverage team.


SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Phil Kessel has carried his red-hot play from the NHL season into the 2014 Sochi Olympics to help the United States prove its status as a gold-medal contender. With seven points in three games, the Toronto Maple Leafs right wing not only leads the Olympics in scoring, he is the front-runner for tournament MVP, according to votes cast by the four members of NHL.com's Olympic coverage team.

Kessel received 11 out of a possible 12 points, including three first-place votes, in the very unofficial ballots submitted by Arpon Basu, Corey Masisak, Shawn Roarke and Dan Rosen.

The writers ranked their top three candidates for tournament MVP as well as the best defenseman, best forward, best goalie and the most surprising player. A point system was applied with a first-place vote three points, a second-place vote two points and a third-place vote one point.

The writers also submitted the six players they think belong on the All-Tournament Team through the qualification round. Players received one point for each vote. The three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie who received the most votes made it onto the writers' All-Tournament Team after the qualification round.

Kessel received three first-place votes and one second-place vote for MVP. He was a unanimous selection to the All-Tournament team.

Canada's Drew Doughty, who was voted the best defensemen of the tournament and was second in the MVP voting, also was a unanimous selection to the All-Tournament team. Doughty leads defensemen in scoring with four goals and five points.

Russia center Pavel Datsyuk, second to Kessel in the voting for the best forward, was selected to the All-Tournament team by each of the four writers. Datsyuk has five points on two goals and three assists.

Rounding out the All-Tournament Team were Switzerland goalie Jonas Hiller, U.S. forward Joe Pavelski and Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson.

Hiller won the best goalie category despite being eliminated from the tournament Tuesday night. He had a 0.67 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and two shutouts in three starts. Switzerland scored three goals in those games.

Pavelski was third in the voting for the best forward and Karlsson was second behind Doughty in the best defensemen category.

The writers struggled to come to any kind of consensus on the most surprising player in the tournament. Three players received first-place votes, with Austria forward Michael Grabner garnering two plus a third-place vote to take the award. Eight players received votes in the most surprising player category.

Grabner leads the Olympics with five goals, but the Austrians were eliminated Tuesday.

MVP

1. Phil Kessel, United States – 11 points (3 first-place votes)

2. Drew Doughty, Canada – 9 points (1 first-place vote)

3. Erik Karlsson (Sweden) and Jonas Hiller (Switzerland) – 2 points

BEST GOALIE

1. Jonas Hiller (Switzerland) – 11 points (3 first-place votes)

2. Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) – 6 points (1 first-place vote)

3. Jonathan Quick (United States) – 4 points

4. Sergei Bobrovsky (Russia) – 2 points

5. Robert Kristan (Slovenia) – 1 point

BEST DEFENSEMEN

1. Drew Doughty (Canada) – 10 points (2 first-place votes)

2. Erik Karlsson (Sweden) – 7 points (1 first-place vote)

3. Ryan Suter (United States) – 4 points (1 first-place vote)

4. Shea Weber (Canada) – 3 points

BEST FORWARD

1. Phil Kessel (United States) – 12 points (4 first-place votes, unanimous)

2. Pavel Datsyuk (Russia) – 7 points

3. Joe Pavelski (United States) – 3 points

4. Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic) and Anze Kopitar (Slovenia) – 1 point

MOST SURPRISING PLAYER

1. Michael Grabner, Austria – 7 (2 first-place votes)

2. Ziga Jeglic, Slovenia – 4

3. T.J. Oshie, United States – 3 (1 first-place vote)

4. Robert Kristan, Slovenia – 3 (1 first-place vote)

5. Sami Vatanen, Finland – 3

6. Olli Maatta, Finland – 2

7. Evgeny Medvedev (Russia) and Tomas Kaberle (Czech Republic) – 1

ALL-OLYMPIC TEAM

G: Jonas Hiller (3 out of 4 votes)

D: Drew Doughty (4 out of 4 votes)

D: Erik Karlsson (2 out of 4 votes)

F: Phil Kessel (4 out of 4 votes)

F: Pavel Datsyuk (4 out of 4 votes)

F: Joe Pavelski (2 out of 4 votes)

Other receiving votes: Henrik Lundqvist (1), Shea Weber (1), Ryan Suter (1), Anze Kopitar (1), Jaromir Jagr (1)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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